Old Truman Brewery, 30 - 31 January 2019

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ART by Koninklijke Tichelaar

The company’s complex restoration of a seventeenth-century flower pyramid, one of the most prized pieces in the Rijksmuseum, prompted it to assign the project Pyramids of Makkum to four designers with whom the company felt it had a very close relationship.

Hella Jongerius, Studio Makkink & Bey, Studio Job and Alexander van Slobbe were asked to come up with a contemporary response to the flower tower. They had to keep to the idea of an ‘ornamental vase’ and stay within the dimensions of the original flower tower. The designers were at liberty to include any aspect of the historical context or tower they so desired.

'Tomorrow’s heritage'

The assignment resulted from the desire not to limit the acquired expertise in restoration, but to deploy and exhibit it more broadly. The result is a very impressive display of five amazing pieces: the traditional replica and the four inspirations all made using the original faience technique. The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen bought the first series in advance, thereby contributing to the realisation of the project.

The series is made in a limited edition of seven pieces and is already regarded as part of 'tomorrow’s heritage'.

Pyramids of Makkum
Designers: Studio Makkink & Bey, Hella Jongerius, Alexander van Slobbe, Studio Job
For Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum
Materials: earthenware, hand-painted
Technique: faience, hand-painting

Traditional pyramid by Studio Marten Aukes
Alexander van Slobbe by Studio Marten Aukes
Hella Jongerius by Studio Marten Aukes
Jurgen Bey by Blommers & Schumm
Studio Job by Studio Marten Aukes
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